The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in 19th-Century America / Edition 1

The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in 19th-Century America / Edition 1

by Shirley Samuels
     
 

Samuels's collection of critical essays gives body and scope to the subject of nineteenth-century sentimentality by situating it in terms of "women's culture" and issues of race. Presenting an interdisciplinary range of approaches that consider sentimental culture before and after the Civil War, these critical studies of American literature and culture

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Samuels's collection of critical essays gives body and scope to the subject of nineteenth-century sentimentality by situating it in terms of "women's culture" and issues of race. Presenting an interdisciplinary range of approaches that consider sentimental culture before and after the Civil War, these critical studies of American literature and culture fundamentally reorient the field. Moving beyond alignment with either pro- or anti-sentimentality camps, the collection makes visible the particular racial and gendered forms that define the aesthetics and politics of the culture of sentiment. Drawing on the fields of American cultural history, American studies, and literary criticism, the contributors include Lauren Berlant, Ann Fabian, Susan Gillman, Karen Halttunen, Carolyn L. Karcher, Joy Kasson, Amy Schrager Lang, Isabelle Lehuu, Harryette Mullen, Dana Nelson, Lora Romero, Shirley Samuels, Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Lynn Wardley, and Laura Wexler.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195063547
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1Tender Violence: Literary Eavesdropping, Domestic Fiction, and Educational Reform9
2"Domestic Differences": Competing Narratives of Womanhood in the Murder Trial of Lucretia Chapman39
3Rape, Murder, and Revenge in "Slavery's Pleasant Homes": Lydia Maria Child's Antislavery Fiction and the Limits of Genre58
4Sentimental Figures: Reading Godey's Lady's Book in Antebellum America73
5Bodily Bonds: The Intersecting Rhetorics of Feminism and Abolition92
6Vanishing Americans: Gender, Empire, and New Historicism115
7Class and the Strategies of Sympathy128
8Unseemly Sentiments: The Cultural Problem of Gambling143
9The Identity of Slavery157
10Narratives of the Female Body: The Greek Slave172
11Sympathy as Strategy in Sedgwick's Hope Leslie191
12Relic, Fetish, Femmage: The Aesthetics of Sentiment in the Work of Stowe203
13The Mulatto, Tragic or Triumphant? The Nineteenth-Century American Race Melodrama221
14Runaway Tongue: Resistant Orality in Uncle Tom's Cabin, Our Nig, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Beloved244
15The Female Woman: Fanny Fern and the Form of Sentiment265
Notes283
Contributors341
Index343

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